I had a great time in Nebraska.
The Down Under bar hosts open night on Wednesdays in downtown Omaha. It’s a great way to get heard and feel the pulse of the local music scene. Aly Peeler is the woman who runs the event and she is awesome. We both share a mutual admiration for John Craigie who seems to have played everywhere in America winning hearts and selling baby onesies.
On Thursday I played a house show at chez Holly Lukasiewicz. Playing house concerts can be one of the greatest highs as a performer because of the unparalleled intimacy you have with the people listening. A group of people who have dedicated time to commune and watch music is a blessing from on high, because let me tell ya that ain’t always the case. I got to split the bill with Omaha’s own Brikwondo comprised of Dylan Goodman and Brian Curtis. They sound like Wilco meets Pavement and accomplish a very complex sound for a duo. It was a great evening, Holly is an artist and truly made a magic event happen AND she supplied hot cider and moon pies, and I was gifted the left overs. Two weeks later I am still finding wrappers in my car….
On Friday morning I played at a Kundalini yoga class. I learned some mantras at a Steve Gold workshop held at Breitenbush in 2016 and it’s been a really awesome addition to styles or venues I can play. Om namah shivaya, “Oh Salutations to the auspicious one.” Its mostly instrumental music with interspersed vocal mantras and “My sweet Lord” during the rest period.
Friday night I played at the Apollon art space in the Vinton district of Omaha. I would definitely play there again and recommend anyone who is passing through to check out the art and theatre that they put on during the year.
Saturday I took off for a church convention in Missouri.